“I don’t think of waste as something to get rid of, but as a resource with real economic value. Profits made from reusing waste could transform sanitation and health around the world.”

At any moment, half of the world’s hospital beds are filled with people suffering from water-related diseases. Each year, two million of them will die. Why? Every morning, more than 2.5 billion wake up with no access to basic sanitation.

Ashley Murray is working to revolutionize the way the world thinks about waste, but rather than pointing to public health or the environment, she’s motivating governments and the sanitation sector with a persuasive new argument: dollars and cents.

It’s not that she’s insensitive to people and the planet. She makes her home in urban Ghana where, as she describes, “Any surface water is an open sewage stream. It’s hard to overstate the enormous health and environmental impacts of inadequate sanitation.” Her unique solution is not to get rid of wastewater and fecal sludge, but to value them… Read more.